Ania to underline devoted support for children’s charity with London Marathon effort
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It is seen as one of the most demanding tests of human endurance and spirit.
But as Ania Burrows prepares to take on the London Marathon, her desire to recognise the terrific work of a children’s charity outweighs any physical or mental barriers that she may encounter.
The kind-hearted 20-year-old from Halesworth has been raising money for The Children’s Society, a national cause that runs services designed to help thousands of young people in need of support. Among the issues they address are child exploitation, mental health issues and undocumented children.
Miss Burrows is no stranger to charitable giving having previously embarked on fundraising efforts for Children in Need and Sport Relief; now she has the opportunity to fulfil a dream of many years and will attempt to conquer the 26.2-mile feat on April 22.
“I’ve wanted to do the London Marathon since I was young and always thought I’d do it one day,” said Miss Burrows.
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“Having worked with children and supported The Children’s Society for many years, I’ve seen the impact that different circumstances can have on young people’s lives. I was only ever going to do the marathon for this charity.”
Despite being a keen runner throughout her youth and training rigorously to ready herself for the challenge, Miss Burrows insists there is nothing competitive about her endeavour.
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“Training is going well at the moment, but I really just aiming to get round the course,” she said. “Even though I’m confident up until the halfway stage, it’s the last quarter of the marathon that I’m dreading.”
“My parents have really inspired me and I know they, as well as the crowds, will be there to cheer me on. The support I’ve received has been phenomenal.”
Miss Burrows’ mother Helen added: “I am so proud of Ania because with every step she runs, she will be trying to make another person’s life a little bit better.
“I will be there at the finishing line, Chariots of Fire playing and a foil body wrap waiting! I’d urge people to please support this brilliant fundraising effort.”
Miss Burrows is aiming to raise £2000 and, on March 30, she is hosting a fundraising quiz at Chinny’s in Halesworth from 7pm.
Visit Ania’s Just Giving page to sponsor her effort.